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Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)
Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

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Zones 15-17, 19-24, H1, H2
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Chlorophytum comosum

Spider Plant

Perennials

South African evergreen forms 1–3-ft.-high clumps of soft, curving leaves like long, broad grass blades with small white flowers in long clusters. Both ‘Variegatum’ and ‘Vittatum’ have white-striped leaves. Flowers are about 1/2 in. long, growing in loose, leafy-tipped spikes held above foliage. Greatest attraction: miniature duplicates of the mother plant, complete with roots, at ends of curved stems (as with offsets of strawberry plants). These can be cut off and potted individually.

Spider plant is a good choice for hanging baskets. To use as a groundcover, set 2 ft. apart in a diamond pattern; plants will fill in the same year. Often sold as C. capense.

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